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Permanent Modular Construction

The PMC process includes offsite construction of modules or building units that are delivered to a single/fixed location. The modules are 60% - 90% completed in a controlled plant environment and then delivered on site. As the name suggests, this construction is a permanent structure and typically will not be re-located as per the owner’s need. Therefore, occupants planning for a long-term stay at one fixed location are best suited for permanent modular construction.

Examples of permanent modular construction include healthcare facilities, hotels, multi-family housing, and K-12 education facilities.

Examples of Permanent Modular Construction


Good Samaritan Pediatric ED Addition, built by Axis Construction & MODLOGIQ.


Home2Suites, built by Fulcrum & Guerdon.

Multi-Family Housing

Trethewey Avenue Supportive Housing Complex, built by Nomodic Modular Structures Inc. & Grandeur Housing.


University of Delaware Life Science Research Facility, built by Modlogiq Inc..

Relocatable Buildings

Relocatable buildings include offsite partial or complete construction of modules in a controlled plant environment. These modules are then delivered as per the owner’s need and can be re-located to different locations. Therefore, occupants planning for a short-term or temporary stay at one location and re-locating to different locations are best suited for this type of construction.

Examples of relocatable or portable buildings include classrooms, offices, structures for emergency housing/disaster relief, etc.

Examples of Relocatable Buildings

Portable Classrooms

Relocatable Migrant Daycare Facility

Migrant Daycare Facility, built by Satellite Shelters, Inc. & Whitley Manufacturing Co., Inc.


The Catholic University of America Portable Modular Office

The Catholic University of America Modular Office, built by Modular Genius, Inc. & Southeast Modular Manufacturing, Inc.

Workforce Housing

Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 Relocatable Living Quarters

Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 - Concentradora, built by Tecno Fast S.A.

Disaster Relief

Two portable crisis buildings supplied through MBI members set up outside a medical center

GEMA Temporary Hospital, built by BMarko Structures, LLC & Choate Construction.

Disaster Relief

In times of crisis or natural disaster, the rapid deployment of temporary structures—hospitals, housing, administration—can play a critical role in helping those affected respond and recover. Such buildings can be produced and stored in large quantities; and some, like the hospitals that were created in the immediate wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, are custom-built in exceptionally short time frames.

Learn more about how the permanent modular construction and relocatable buildings industry can respond in times of crisis here.

Awards of Distinction

The Modular Building Institute honors outstanding examples of modular construction during its Awards of Distinction ceremony, held annually at the World of Modular tradeshow and convention.

These buildings represent the range and versatility of modular construction and demonstrate the diverse applications of modular buildings.

To see all of MBI's award-winning buildings across all categories, click below.

Best of Show

The following buildings were awarded Best of Show honors at MBI's most recent Awards of Distinction.

Permanent Modular

355 Sango Court
Autovol, Nibbi Brothers; DCI Engineers; Prefab Logic; Acc U Set Construction, Inc.

Relocatable Building

Aster Place
ROC Modular Inc.

Green Building

College Road, Croydon
MJH Structural Engineers & Vision Modular Systems UK Limited